High Surf Warning for North & West Shores Today

December 16, 2016, 7:29 AM HST · Updated December 16, 7:29 AM
Meteorologist Malika Dudley · 0 Comments

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Alerts (as of 1:00 a.m.)

A High Surf Warning is posted for north and west facing shores of Maui and Molokai through 6 a.m. Saturday. See more details in our surf forecast at the link at the bottom of this page.

Gale Warning posted for all offshore waters today.

Small Craft Advisory posted through 6 p.m. Saturday for all coastal waters.


Check our breaking news section for any urgent weather alerts or updates to the weather alerts listed above.

**Click directly on the images below to make them larger. Charts include: Maui County projected winds, tides, swell direction & period and expected wave heights.**



    Maui Surf Forecast

    North: Double overhead to triple overhead surf or more is expected today. Showing strongest for Ho’okipa eastward.

    West: Surf is knee/waist high today for most westerly exposures in the morning with waist/chest high surf by the afternoon. Spots exposed to the west-northwest wrap will be bigger.

    South: Surf is expected to be ankle/waist high today for southern exposures. Spots catching the wrap may get a bit bigger.

    West-northwest swell is building today into Saturday along with a northwest swell peaking Friday evening. West-southwest wind swell will also mix in Friday and Saturday because of the Kona winds so surf may seem a bit jumbled.

    A combination of local winds, large surf and higher than normal high tides could translate to overwash onto the typical vulnerable roadways through Saturday morning. The best chance for this will be during high tides.


    Nothing significant is expected out of the SPAC in the near future.

    Keep in mind, surf heights are measured on the face of the wave from trough to crest. Heights vary from beach to beach, and at the same beach, from break to break.  

    **Click here for your detailed Maui County weather report.**

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    Meteorologist Malika Dudley
    Malika was born and raised in Hilo. She began her career in news at KGMB9 in 2007. As a part of the Hawaii News Now weather team, Malika was nominated for two Emmy Awards for excellence in weather reporting and won the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Journalism Award for her reporting on Hawaii’s tsunami damage in 2011. In 2019, Malika was recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists Hawaii Chapter in the category of Science Reporting for her Big Island Now news report on what was happening beneath the sea surface at the ocean entry of the Puna lava flow.  

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